Bobby Manriquez | Another Shade of Blue(s)

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Another Shade of Blue(s)

by Bobby Manriquez

Passionate first solo offering of blu-funk which earned high praise from sources such as RollingStone.com, the Washington Post, as well as a list of stars which sounds like a "Who's Who" of international Rock 'n Soul.(click "Bobby Manriquez website link)
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. The Boogie Man's Comin'
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2. Family Traditions
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3. Evocation
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4. Another Shade of Blue
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5. Goin' Up
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6. Smokehouse
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7. Devil Heart
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8. d' blues
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9. G-Blue (inspired)
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10. FT2
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11. Jump Start
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12. How We Start
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13. B2K
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
*WARNING: this is NOT a traditional blues work. Contains dangerous levels of funky, rockin' soul.

This CD is the product of years of experiences, feelings, and realizations. Even though the moments that filled those years brought pain, joy, heartbreak and love, they could not be expressed with a galaxy of words; the music, though, says it all. Here's my heart. Listen.......B. Manriquez

There's a redemptive quality to Bobby Manriquez's music, a spirit
compelling listeners to believe that - just like a phoenix rising from the ashes - something good can come out of the madness of life.

Bobby Manriquez, a native Washingtonian guitarist, singer/songwriter, has repeatedly broken through what for most is an impenetrable barrier, rising from local to national and international stages.

In the early 70's he shared lead guitar duties in a D.C. based band climaxing in the A & M Records release of "Daddy's Girl" in 1976. During the same period, he was selected to be the lead guitarist for the touring band of Capitol records artist Kathi McDonald, parts vocalist for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. Her just released album, "Insane Asylum", was manned by guitar greats Neil Schon of Journey and Ronnie Montrose. The new group joined such acts as Rufus, KISS, and Earth, Wind & Fire in entertaining U.S. audiences. Work with the late, great producer David Briggs (Neil Young, Alice Cooper, Nils Lofgren) began for Bobby as Capitol anticipated the release of a second album for Kathi.

The late 70's brought a very successful affiliation with gifted guitarist/songwriter and current E-Street Band member Nils Lofgren, which saw extensive U.S. and European touring. Milestone performances included Oakland Coliseum's "Day on the Green". Sharing the stage with Nils and Bobby were Jeff Beck, Santana (who referred to Bobby as a "gifted, soulful, and inspired player"), Tower of Power and Journey. A hot summer performance in New York's Central Park with Rick Derringer earned Bobby a place in Rolling Stone Magazine. Long time Rolling Stone head writer Dave Marsh remarked, "When have four guitarists (Nils Lofgren, Bobby Manriquez, Rick Derringer, and Danny Johnson) this good been on the same stage on the same evening lately?" Further positive press included mentions in Billboard Magazine and several large city papers. Also, such T.V. appearances as the London BBC recording of the "Old Grey Whistle Test" would later be released by Lofgren on a 1993 CD titled the same.

What followed was a period of more than a decade of tending to matters of the soul, which led to a departure from the kind of lifestyle that so many fell victim to in the 70's and 80's. He stopped playing. He started praying.

In 1994 music again called Bobby to the stage. He signed on as lead guitarist for soul legend Wilson Pickett, who fondly said of Bobby, "That boy can play!!" And play he did. Reviewers again began writing great things about Bobby's playing, and Bobby began doing some writing of his own.

In July 2000, Bobby released a demo which led to his first solo album, "Another Shade of Blue(s)." Bobby penned and sang the songs, produced the CD, and played most or all of the instruments on every cut. The CD has met with critical acclaim. A syndicated review, appearing on RollingStone.com and the All Music Guide stated, "Bobby Manriquez is an amazing musician that has given [music fans] proof that some great music is still being made."

More importantly, "Another Shade of Blue(s)" brought Bobby Manriquez back home to music, on his own terms, giving his fans something to not only enjoy but also to believe in.

Bobby's second CD, "Prayin' the Blues," is set for release in 2005. It is a passionate effort studded with an array of nationally recognized artists who converged to contribute.

©Copyright 2001

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Maria & Paul

Holy Hell this is awesome!!!
You can't turn your back on music as good as this, when this cd is playing in our house everything comes to a standstill, it is guitar orientated bluesey, funky, rock with bags of attitude and you only get to be as good as this through years of dedication to your craft, culminating in a depth of feel that you have to go a long way to find, Bobby has hit it with this album big time. Do yourselves a favour - get it - you need it, it's the bizniz!
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Shelia Carlisle

Bobby is da bomb!
The CD is great! I love the slick & tasteful guitar licks. The music is real and magical..
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C. Wilson

Many Shades Of Talent
Mr. Manriquez has thrown away the cookie cutter. His music is fresh and innovative.....and soulfully straight from his heart. I'm anxiously awaiting Bobby's next cd!
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missbehaven43


This is the second of Bobby's cds I have purchased. If I were marooned on a desert island with only one cd, the only one I would need is Bobby's Another Shade of Blue.
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M. Ralphs

How has Bobby Manriquez slipped by ANYONE ??
This CD (already own) is totally unique in that it incorporates SO much variation without betraying the strong, stylization of an unbelievable artist, in my opinion. This guy (who I'm delighted to see on this site)is truly on top of the hill that is paying much less talent (in the KWS-types) much more money........so far.
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Guitar 9 Records, "the Undiscovered"

Bobby Manriquez - Artist for Feb./ March 2001 !
If playing on tracks such as G-BLUE The BOOGIE MAN'S COMIN' doesn't rip your head off, the incendiary instrumental live track SMOKEHOUSE can always do the trick. MANRIQUEZ definitely brings an original approach to the blues....
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Gus Cicala

I am thrilled taht I have a great new find to add to my collection!
This CD has a really nice, eclectic mix of unique blues sounds. I got in my car one morning and thought one of the tracks was a new Led Zeppelin song I had never heard, even down to the similarities to Robert Plant’s voice and Jimmy Pages-like riffs. WOW!
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Blues Assoc. Of South East Queensland, Australia

"the quality of the material is excellent !"
Just surfing by to see what you have. I see you have top quality. Bobby's demo was reviewed with HIGH regard; the muchly improved (and inclusive of 3 new tracks) CD version you're offering is genuinely cherished in this household. One can't seem to get enough of it - I mean it !!
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paul

the best
absolutly love both cds i bought, its great to hear new blues players and there music, the service was also remarkable
thank you
paul
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L. Belanger

RollingStone.com posts song-by-song review of "Another Shade of Blue(s)"
"On Another Shade of Blue(s) Bobby Manriquez takes the listener on a magical musical journey into sounds that are sometimes familiar and at other times are very new exciting explorations of the art. Having compiled and played the majority of the instruments on the album as well as doing vocals, in itself is an amazing feat. To pull it all together in the fashion that this album comes across is simply unimaginable, but one spin on the deck will make anyone a believer and more than likely a new fan of the marvelous talent found in Bobby Manriquez."
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